Answer to a common problem, but does it exist?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Phatzer, May 15, 2009.

  1. Phatzer macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2007
    Hello folks,

    I recently purchased the Apple in-ear headphones with mic for the iPod Touch, but use them on my iPhone of course!

    Problem is, even with them on low in the office, as the ear buds block out sound, I find myself just catching the phone before it rings out. Plus, a sandwich van that comes to the office in the mornings sounds the horn when it arrives, which I sometimes miss.

    Of course I know this is completely doable, but I'm wondering if an app exists, which detects sounds over a given volume, providing a growl notification or alike when it happens?

    If such an application exists, could somebody tell me where I could find it, and even better if it's free. If it doesn't exist, then the developer who decides to make the app if they want would be a lifesaver to many, I'm sure of that!

    All the best.
  2. Domanic macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2008
    Sussex, UK
    You could always only use one bud when working...
  3. Phatzer thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2007
    I could, but that defeats the object of paying £60 for a pair of headphones that are only effective when both are in the ears.
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
  5. GregE macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
  6. Phatzer thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2007
    OK, I can't have desktop speakers because I'm in an office in a building of various offices, it's just not practical.

    Furthermore, the IP phones we use have a light on the top when they ring, but it's easy to miss when looking away to a different display focusing on something I'm wooing on.

    I'm not asking for ways around the problen, simply if the app I described exists. Thanks for your input though.
  7. MAC-PRO-DEMON macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Up north in Yorkshire :)
    I think that there is a growl like thing for Jailbroken iPhones... but you have to be Jailbroken obviously...

    On the subject of it detecting it... I can't help...

    I have the same problem... but in the end.. I have just resorted to using my Bose Companion 5's for sound instead of my Headphones!!

    The sound is so much more immersing LOL... You might be able to set a recurring calender date that will alarm you at the time when the sandwich guy comes... no ideal... but it would work!!

    Hope that this helps....
  8. Phatzer thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2007
    Again, speakers are not an option.

    I'm not after an iPhone app, but something for my iMac to do it.

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